Author: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Colorist: John Higgins
Release Date: 2005
Publisher: DC Comics
Awards: Hugo Award for Other Forms (1988), Locus Award for Best Non-Fiction/Art (1988), Prix du Festival d’Angoulême for Alph-art du meilleur album etranger (1989), Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Archival Collection/Project–Comic Books (in 2006 awards, for Absolute edition), Best Finite Series, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer (for Alan Moore), Best Writer/Artist (single or team) (for Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons) (1988)
Finished Reading: November 7, 2014
Unfortunately, this graphic novel doesn’t have a synopsis written out on the book. Thus leaving the “about” section I usually include, bare.
I first saw the movie back when it was in theaters. I didn’t really remember a whole lot about it, but I remembered that I really enjoyed it. When it came time to figure out what to read for November book club, the theme being book-to-screen, I was all pumped to have this one nominated and chosen. At the actual club meeting, we watched the movie and talked about the book and movie together and as separate entities.
I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to share with you a little snippit.
Rorschach’s Journal. October 12, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and all the politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “no”.
From those first three panels, I was immediately hooked and knew that Rorschach had just become my new favorite literary character, sorry Lady McBeth.
The artwork is so beautifully ugly and truthful. I am blown away by the color choices for each chapter and each character. They perfectly match the mood, tone, and the surrounding themes.
If you don’t know anything about this book, I’ll let you in on a little synopsis of my own. We open up to a murder of a powerful man, who happens to be an ex masked hero. It turns out masked heroes are being targeted and eliminated. It’s up to the vigilante, Rorschach, to figure out what’s going on, in a day where masked heroes are no longer looked at in the best light.
I had a really hard time putting this book down. There were so many twists and insane character development. If you’ve been following my reviews, you’ll know I’m all about the character development. I love the look into masked heroes and villains. The somewhat romantic view is completely distorted once we really see how these people live and what they really do. And in between each of the chapters is a little something that gives so much depth to the characters like: Hollis’ autobiography, fan mail, news paper articles, etc.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll love the book even more. If you’re a fan of heroes or noir, this is definitely a book you need to pick up.
My rating and why: I gave this book five stars! I read it and really liked it. It’s definitely one that I’ll re-read and find new clues, new perspectives, and new inside jokes. I highly recommend reading the book before watching the movie. There are awesome(!) references. I’ll give you a couple clues – 99 luftballons and the Sound of Silence. If you know the background of these songs, you’ll be greatly pleased. The soundtrack is amazing. And I simply (back to the book) could not get over the ridiculous amount of noir and how dark this book truly is. I loved ever sentence of it.
Have you read this book? Have you seen the movie? What’s your favorite graphic novel? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come Monday!
Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!